The aim of this writing is to not begin a collection of conversations as soon as once more debating the justification of a brand new Costco in Pleasanton. Most residents are conscious of the lengthy historical past and occasions main as much as the ultimate decision to lastly deliver Costco to Pleasanton and meet the desires of the vast majority of the folks.
Nevertheless, since Matt Sullivan was granted a featured article within the Opinion part of the Pleasanton Weekly on Aug. 19, I felt it essential to voice a counter-opinion relative to his ideas.
In his article, Matt identified that the present estimated price of the site visitors mitigation infrastructure had escalated to $34 million from $21 million. This displays the price of inflation because the authentic proposal date, one thing we’re all at present challenged with.
Opposition to the Johnson Drive Financial Improvement Zone mission in 2016 resulted in Measure MM, which the residents of Pleasanton solidly voted towards in favor of growing Costco and the opposite proposed companies. The extra lawsuits initiated by Matt Sullivan and the small group that he led, in an try and overrule the vote of the folks on Measure MM, triggered substantial delays and extra prices to the mission.
As well as, the delays in opening Costco and the opposite proposed developments on the positioning have price town and Pleasanton residents the advantages of considerable tax income that may have been generated by an earlier opening date. This income might have been used to fund any variety of further tasks benefiting the folks of our metropolis. A tough estimate is that it might have been roughly $2 million per 12 months following the opening of the companies.